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Is Your Business Ready to Handle a Disaster?

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Closed sign 50% of businesses never reopen after a disaster hits.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
     
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
     
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
     
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
     
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
     
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

Are you ready to get started? LEARN MORE

Have Mold Damage? Call SERVPRO of Clifton today!

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Understanding The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate the “typical” process:

Step 1: Emergency Contact SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call our office. A representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals will carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. They use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.  

Step 3: Mold Containment

We use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

Step 4: Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

If you see signs of Mold, call us TODAY!

SERVPRO of Clifton ~ 973-928-3705

Why You Should Choose SERVPRO of Clifton for Your Restoration Needs!

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

Why Choose SERVPRO of Clifton?

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately to water emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

We're Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of Clifton specializes in water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage restoration training with an emphasis on monitoring and documenting the drying process until completion.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

We Use Advanced Water Restoration Equipment and Techniques

Our advanced equipment helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and thoroughly clean and dry your home and belongings. We finish the job with professional deodorization and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety.

Check out our website for more information!

or give us a call today at 973-928-3705!

SERVPRO of Clifton is an IICRC Certified Firm

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Clifton is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

    • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
    • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
    • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
    • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
    • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops the Standards for The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Clifton

SERVPRO of Clifton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

What Is an Air Scrubber?

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

Air Scrubber Air scrubbers are portable air filtration machines.

What is an Air Scrubber?

In simplest terms Air scrubbers, or negative air machine, is a portable air filtration machine.  It draws air from the surrounding environment and passes through a series of filters.  These filters efficiently remove particles from the air to help improve indoor air quality.

Why do we use Air Scrubbers?

The goal of every restoration job is to safely and efficiently return the indoor environment to preloss condition for the customer. 

Any job that involves cleanup of sewage, mold and or fire damage will generate significant amounts of particulates and odoriferous (smelly) gases.  These contaminants are a direct result of the damage itself, as well as the necessary process of treating and cleaning damaged materials.  An air scrubber helps prevent these undesirable and potentially harmful particles and gases from remaining in the indoor environment.

Mold Remediation 

Mold remediation projects can release large quantities of mold and fungal spores into the air.  These indoor air pollutants can affect the health and comfort of occupants.  Air scrubbers are equipped with multiple pre-filters for removal of visible airborne particles.  The final stage filter, HEPA, captures microscopic particles and microbes such as fungal spores. HEPA filters can capture particles as small as 0.3 micros.

Think you have a mold situation?  Let our highly trained staff remove and remediate safely and efficiently

SERVPRO of Clifton

973-928-3705

Is Your Vehicle Ready for Winter?

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

Vehicle safety is important during winter weather conditions, especially if you have to drive on icy or snowy road. 

Winter Vehicle Safety Tips:

  • Practice your winter driving skills
  • Change your wiper blades
  • Fill wiper fluid
  • Check tire pressure
  • Track your tire tread
  • If necessary, change to winter tires
  • Check battery and change oil
  • Keep coolant fresh
  • Check you brakes
  • Pack and emergency kit (see suggested items below)

Be Prepared this winter by stocking your vehicle with life saving items in case of emergency.

Winter Emergency Preparedness Kit:

  1. Blankets
  2. Tire Chains
  3. First Aid Kit
  4. Battery Powered Radio
  5. Maps
  6. Flashlight (With extra batteries)
  7. Jumper cables
  8. Sand or kitty litter

973-928-3705

SERVPRO of Clifton

We are Hiring!

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Clifton is hiring for technicians. Please click the Indeed link below or send your resume to SERVPRO9615@verizon.net.

Must be able to pass a background check and drug test. A valid drivers license is a must and you must also have a good driving record. No experience necessary, just a great attitude and willingness to learn. We will train you. Of course experience is always welcomed too. 

We are a great team and as our company grows we are always looking for employees to add to our team!

https://www.indeed.com/job/restoration-technician-0ef5c574aa7b2377

Can I Clean This Mold on My Own?

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

If You Suspect Mold, Professional Mold Remediation Ensures Safety and Thorough Cleaning of Your Clifton Home

Although you may have some products and cleaning implements in your home to handle specific tasks, special care is paramount when it comes to mold and mildew. Mold can cause health effects, so calling in skilled mold remediation technicians to your Clifton home is the best way to safely and efficiently get the job done.

Why is SERVPRO the Best Team for the Job?

When it comes to mold remediation in Clifton, you need to know that mold spores rapidly spread when disturbed. This allows them to travel fast to other areas of your home. SERVPRO follows detailed guidelines for handling all mold projects, and we always have the right personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure safety, such as:

  • Full-body covering suits
  • Disposable shoe and hair coverings
  • Protective gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Air-purifying respirators

Why is Your Equipment Superior?

We have access to the best tools and equipment in the restoration industry. When called for mold cleanup, our Green Fleet comes fully-equipped with:

  • Moisture probes, moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras, and thermal hygrometers allow us to locate all hidden moisture areas.
  • Fans, portable heaters, air movers, and dehumidifiers will enable us to regulate drying and relative humidity within your Clifton home.
  • HEPA filtration, which pulls mold spores out of the air, keeping them from recirculating throughout your interior.
  • Blasting technology that allows us to address mold colonies in attics, crawl spaces, and basements.
  • Odor-eater pellets, fogging machines, and air scrubbers, which help us to eliminate musty odors.

SERVPRO is the best team to have by your side when you have areas of troublesome mold within your home. Once we finish with the project, your home is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned to give you added peace of mind.

Call SERVPRO of Clifton whenever you need a team for prompt, reliable, and efficient mold remediation. You can reach our staff 24/7 by calling (973) 928-3705.

Need Cleanup after a Fire? Call SERVPRO of Clifton!

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Delivers Successful Clifton Fire Damage Cleanup Results

Fire residue cleanup in Clifton works most efficiently when based on scientific principles and implemented by trained and well-equipped individuals. The soiling produced by a fire is unlike other household dirt. Heat, flames, and the production of various gasses and particulates affect the development and the consistency of the residues and the adhesion of the soot to various surfaces. The need to understand how all these elements work together is why we invest in world-class training for our technicians. 

Matching Methods and Products to Residues

Once a technician learns the basics of how fire damage affects your Clifton home, informed adaptations for your unique circumstances improve the outcomes even more. We support the efforts of our employees to become as precise as possible when pairing products and modifying the elements of cleaning as needed. Individualized care and treatment are why we start with the following basics of cleaning and work out from there:

Principles

  • Locate and identify smoke residues
  • Evaluate the surfaces affected
  • Capture and remove residues and discard properly

Elements

  • Agitation
  • Chemical action
  • Temperature
  • Time

Adaptations We Consider

When we inspect and assess your home after a fire damage loss, we continuously evaluate how to adjust the primary approach for the best cleaning results. Our preference is to restore, not to tear out and replace, why SERVPRO takes into consideration how much of a toll various cleaning methods take on certain surfaces. When we select among the products and tools at our disposal, we might modify:

Agitation and Dwell Time

We use gentler ways to move the surface or the cleaning solution to dislodge tightly adhered residues. Rather than a brush, we might swap out a feather duster. Soft cloths and more “elbow grease” is easier on a delicate surface than a rough-sided sponge or sandpaper. Delicate items can break apart with the use of ultrasonic waves or jets sprays, why SERVPRO technicians might increase dwell time by soaking the articles and use a spray bottle or soft paintbrush to remove embedded soils. 

Chemical Action

Before using water or oil-based cleaners on residues, we judge whether the surface or item is durable enough to handle the chemicals. Pretesting is a reliable way to determine how the material holds up, why SERVPRO technicians dab a small amount of the cleaner in an inconspicuous spot to evaluate the outcome.

Temperature and Dwell Time

The molecules in cleaning solutions move more quickly when we apply heat, why our carpet extractors and industrial washing machines use the hottest fluid possible to remove residues. Some materials warp or shrink under high heat, why SERVPRO employees research the material and spot test. If heat damages, we increase agitation or dwell time to achieve the desired results.

The experience and training of our technicians are why SERVPRO of Clifton can adapt cleaning procedures, leading to successful fire damage clean up. Call us round the clock at (973) 928-3705 to get one of our crews on their way to you.

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How To Make Sure Your Car is Ready for the Winter

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

Vehicle safety is important during winter weather conditions, especially if you have to drive on icy or snowy road. 

  • Practice your winter driving skills
  • Change your wiper blades
  • Fill wiper fluid
  • Check tire pressure
  • Track your tire tread
  • If necessary, change to winter tires
  • Check battery and change oil
  • Keep coolant fresh
  • Check you brakes
  • Pack and emergency kit (see suggested items below)

Be Prepared this winter by stocking your vehicle with life saving items in case of emergency.

Winter Emergency Preparedness Kit

  1. Blankets
  2. Tire Chains
  3. First Aid Kit
  4. Battery Powered Radio
  5. Maps
  6. Flashlight (With extra batteries)
  7. Jumper cables
  8. Sand or kitty litter

Why You Should Call SERVPRO of Clifton

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Our Experts Are Here To Help After A Disaster In Clifton

While we have some of the most awe-inspiring recreational areas like the Garret Mountain Reservation, Clifton’s thousands of residents also have seen their fair share of disasters over the years. From fire and water losses to destructive storms and mold growth, we have trained technicians and licensed residential and commercial contractors capable of helping. With our fast response to these emergencies, we can get to work quickly on making losses, “Like it never even happened.”

Fire

Scoping out a fire loss incident involves more than just determining how damaged your Clifton property has become. For our SERVPRO team, this initial evaluation helps to determine the pre-existing conditions of your home, the expectations of the customer, and the necessary equipment and personnel to meet these goals. Also, this preliminary assessment helps our professionals to interact with your insurance adjuster to determine their expectations and needs for damage claim approval to get work started on your home as soon as possible.

Cleaning soot from your home can be one of the many ways that the environment can get made safer. Microscopic particles of soot can be a threatening presence to a respiratory system, not to mention the damage that it can do as a residue on many surfaces given its acidic nature. Our professionals have multiple strategies to clean up soot, including both soda blasting for surface cleaning and the use of air scrubbers and other filtration tools throughout your Clifton residence.

Deodorizing after a fire loss can also be a challenge for even our experienced restoration professionals. By utilizing advanced tools like thermal foggers or hydroxyl generators, we can neutralize harsh lingering smoke odors, even those trapped in structural elements and contents of your Clifton property. Removing odors is one of the final steps that our technicians take before we take the final walkthrough with our customers.

Water

Water losses can be more familiar to the city of Clifton than you might have thought. With more than 85,000 residents in the municipality alone, water losses continue to be one of the most common threats that these residences face. From burst pipes to leaking faucets, managing water emergencies can be the key to reducing the time and cost of restoration services. This management begins with a fast response at the first notification of a loss incident, and our SERVPRO team can rollout fast with pre-stocked water loss production vehicles and trucks.

Extracting water from materials is often more prevalent than surface water removal for your Clifton home, and this involves several advanced tools and technologies used by our professionals. With carpets being a magnet for absorbing pooling water, it is crucial to remove the majority of this trapped moisture to allow later drying techniques to be more productive. Weighted extraction tools, both ride-on and stationary, can press layers of carpeting and padding against the subflooring material and force moisture to the surface for collection.

Drying out damaged areas of your Clifton residence also involves a blend of advanced tools in our inventory, with air movers and dehumidifiers being at the heart of nearly every one of these tasks. In addition to the evaporation that air movers can allow, specialty tools can also help to manage trapped moisture in structural cavities and wood materials like plank flooring, including:

    •    Floor Mat Drying Systems
    •    Positive Pressure Systems
    •    Negative Pressure Systems

Storm

Severe weather threats like heavy snowfall or hurricane-strength torrential rains can be a destructive natural disaster for Clifton homes and businesses. Addressing structural concerns as well as the secondary effects like flooding does not have to fall to multiple contractors and restoration professionals, however. Our SERVPRO team has both reputable and knowledgeable water restoration and biohazard cleaning professionals to work alongside our in-house residential and commercial contractors.

Stopping flooding means slowing the penetration of water through structural breaches in your Clifton home. Our emergency response team can get to work on both tarping and board up services to prevent further damage to the structural elements and contents of your household. Other emergency services that we can offer during these disasters is content management, tree removal, and muck-out cleaning to remove flood debris on the floors of your residence.

Extraction and drying are vital elements of flood recovery for Clifton properties. Accomplishing either of these objectives involves the use of premier tools in our inventory, including powerful extractors and vacuums or high-velocity air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers. Remaining structural elements and contents can get cleaned and disinfected appropriately once drying has completed.

Mold

Higher humidity levels and unresolved water loss incidents can both be common contributing factors to mold threats in Clifton homes and businesses. When the organism can grow and spread for several days before discovery, it can be a challenging obstacle for even our experienced Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) to face. Remediating active colonization requires specific approaches tailored to the severity of the disaster, the area of the damage, and the materials affected.

Containment is often one of the priorities of our responding technicians, as colonies can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and there is a higher concentration of potentially hazardous mold spores. Containment is instrumental in preventing the continued spread of the organism and helps to more easily regulate environmental conditions to make them less favorable to mold growth. Physical barriers in a Clifton home can get constructed with wood and thick poly sheeting, while non-physical barrier equipment like negative air chambers reduces spores and VOCs by pulling compromised air through a HEPA filter.

With its proximity to the Hudson River and Upper Bay, Clifton and the rest of Passaic County remain at nearly constant risk of meeting the conditions necessary for mold growth when humidity hovers above sixty percent. Our SERVPRO team stays prepared for these threats with pre-stocked trailers and production vehicles that can roll out quickly after the first notice of loss.

No matter what emergency you face, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Give our SERVPRO of Clifton team a call today at (973) 928-3705.

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Call SERVPRO of Clifton to Clean Up Your Storm Damage

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Little Falls, NJ Call SERVPRO of Clifton for all your Water, Fire, and Mold restoration.

Let SERVPRO eliminate your Little Falls flood damage.

Flash flooding can be disastrous for any community to endure. By 2016, all 50 states had experienced flooding or flash flooding in the five years prior. The cost of repairs, without proper mitigation, can be quite high and extremely stressful for homeowners. However, there is a team that can help you breathe a sigh of relief after a disaster.

If your Little Falls home needs flood damage cleanup fast, SERVPRO professionals can be at your home within hours of your call to mitigate damage. SERVPRO emphasizes the importance of preserving structures and possessions when it is safe to do so. These measures save homeowners on costs while ensuring that their property becomes a safe and comfortable place to live once more.

Always Able to Lend a Hand

SERVPRO of Clifton is available at any time of the day or night to take your call. This firm can have a team at your home within 24-hours, coordinating with property owners and insurance adjusters to clean and restore your home. If your residence needs repairs after a flood-related disaster, technicians can also help owners secure reliable contracting services that are dedicated to cleaning up and restoring your living space. The entire crew is local to Passaic County, so they are familiar with the needs of residents. 

SERVPRO Can Save Your Furnishings

SERVPRO technicians prioritize cost-saving measures for homeowners to restore their property and can offer advice on whether restoration or replacement is ideal for furniture items after a flood. Your items can be moved off-site in a pack out if needed. This way, technicians can focus on ensuring that your structure is thoroughly cleaned, dried, and deodorized, maximizing safety for residents. 

There are several things that technicians can do to preserve certain parts of water-affected furnishings when it is safe to restore them, including:

  • Drying buttons, zippers, and other non-fabric components to prevent damage and rust
  • Reducing rust transfer with furniture pads around affected fixtures
  • Using a portable extractor in tandem with upholstery tools to remove water
  • Treating furniture stains with commercial-grade, EPA-registered cleaners

SERVPRO of Clifton is a team you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (973) 928-3705 today for an emergency response to flooding in your home.

To learn more about Little Falls, click here.

Settle in on Sunday Nights in Little Falls for Some Local Acoustic Artists

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

It will be exciting to see the community at the Fine Grind Coffee Bar for the acoustic open mic night!

Coffee shop open mics are a relaxing way to cap off the weekend in Little Falls.

Every Sunday night through the end of the year, The Fine Grind Coffee Bar at 101 Newark Pompton Tpke here in Little Falls hosts an acoustic open mic event. This offers local talents the opportunity to hone their craft and try out some new creations for an accommodating audience enjoying the delicious aromas and tastes of well-prepared coffee beverages and teas. Performances begin at 7 and continue to 9:30.

Whether you are a budding musical artist or want to hear some fresh music that you cannot find anywhere else, see what is happening at The Fine Grind Coffee Bar on Sunday nights through the end of 2020. Expect COVID-related precautions to continue for the foreseeable future in the venue.

Do not let a water disaster keep you from a refreshing night out in town. Our SERVPRO of Clifton can help with fast and reliable water restoration for Little Falls homes when you call (973) 928-3705.

Why Can’t Mold Get Cleaned with DIY Methods?

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Mold damage can be exhausting to even think about, much less tackle on your own. Call SERVPRO of Clifton today.

If You Suspect Mold, Professional Mold Remediation Ensures Safety and Thorough Cleaning of Your Clifton Home

Although you may have some products and cleaning implements in your home to handle specific tasks, special care is paramount when it comes to mold and mildew. Mold growth in the house brings the potential for harmful health effects, so calling in skilled mold remediation technicians to your Clifton home is the best way to safely and efficiently get the job done.

Why is SERVPRO the Best Team for the Job?

When it comes to mold remediation in Clifton, you need to know that mold spores rapidly spread when disturbed. This allows them to travel fast to other areas of your home. SERVPRO follows detailed guidelines for handling all mold projects, and we always have the right personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure safety, such as:

  • Full-body covering suits
  • Disposable shoe and hair coverings
  • Protective gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Air-purifying respirators

Why is Your Equipment Superior?

We have access to the best tools and equipment in the restoration industry. When called for mold cleanup, our Green Fleet comes fully-equipped with:

  • Moisture probes, moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras, and thermal hygrometers allow us to locate all hidden moisture areas.
  • Fans, portable heaters, air movers, and dehumidifiers will enable us to regulate drying and relative humidity within your Clifton home.
  • HEPA filtration, which pulls mold spores out of the air, keeping them from recirculating throughout your interior.
  • Blasting technology that allows us to address mold colonies in attics, crawl spaces, and basements.
  • Odor-eater pellets, fogging machines, and air scrubbers, which help us to eliminate musty odors.

SERVPRO is the best team to have by your side when you have areas of troublesome mold within your home. Once we finish with the project, your home is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned to give you added peace of mind.

Call SERVPRO of Clifton whenever you need a team for prompt, reliable, and efficient mold remediation. You can reach our staff 24/7 by calling (973) 928-3705.

Clifton Builds on Its Past to Move Forward in Its Second Century

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

The Clifton Indians at the Local Gov't know to call SERVPRO for water damage restoration

SERVPRO Supports the Clifton Community with Water Damage Restoration

As a formal community, Clifton is only three years into its second century. Its informal development began when Hans Frederick was granted a deed from the native leader, Captahem, in 1679 for 11,000 acres along the Passaic for settlements. Eventually, the name of Clifton was adopted from the cliffs of nearby Garret Mountain. Clifton is unusual today in that with a population of 84,136 (2010 Census), the city is listed under five different ZIP Codes (07011 Main Avenue, 07012 Allwood, 07013, 07014 Delawanna, and 07015).

U.S. Department of Agriculture opened an Animal Quarantine Station

Shortly before Clifton’s formal incorporation in 1917, the U.S. Department of Agriculture opened an Animal Quarantine Station in 1903. As an agricultural hub, the city was already served by the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad (Newark Branch). It became the primary East Coast location for housing everything from chickens to zoo animals until they were determined to be disease-free and safe for consumption or show in the United States. The station operated for more than 70 years until it moved to its new Stewart International Airport facility.

Most of Clifton today has converted from farmland to the suburbs. The agricultural tradition is still alive, however, thanks to nearby Manhattan (15 miles West of Midtown) and the residents' desire for fresh produce. Two working farms in the community provide organic, in-season vegetables year-round to the Big Apple and other cities and towns in both states. While the transition to the suburbs has kept the community thriving, the reduction in natural run-off and other waterways has led to more flooding over time.

While Spring and Summer are often mild to hot, Fall and Winter can bring incredible storms coming off the Atlantic and out of the north from Canada. With the drop in temperature, Clifton residents need to carefully examine their outdoor pipes and all exterior connections that lead to their homes to avoid damage to their homes.

Water pipes not wrapped against the cold weather can split due to swelling. Even when the pipe does not split, the temperature changes can damage connections. These slower leaks can run down both sides of the exterior walls. Outside, the water can lead to damaging the mortar of brick walls and undermining the foundation. Inside, the water can slowly spread throughout the wall spaces and start damaging drywall panels, floor trim, carpets, and wood floors.

The Clifton City Government, and County, State, and Federal Representation

The city of Clifton uses the 1923 Municipal Manager Law as its framework for local government and is one of only seven municipalities in the state (there are 565) to choose this form. According to the 2010 Census, 53.9% of Clifton’s population (45,349) is registered to vote. The City Council is the governing body and has seven, elected at-large, members.

All positions are up for election together, every four years, in November. These councilmembers then choose Clifton’s mayor. Over time, the tradition has been to name the person who received the highest number of votes in the election. City meetings are held according to the following schedule:

  • The Board of Adjustment (BOA), which handles all variance requests, meets on the first and third Friday of every month unless announced on the City’s official website. 
  • City Council Meetings handle all actions initially and ensure that all ordinances are read and approved. Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of every month unless announced on the City’s website. 
  • Planning Board Meetings concentrate on construction projects with variances left to the BOA. Meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month unless announced on the City’s official website.

The Board of Chosen Freeholders is the governing body of Passaic County. Its seven members are elected at-large to staggered terms (three years in office) on a partisan basis. This means that two or three seats come up for election each year in the November general election. At each January reorganization meeting, the Board selects their Director and Deputy Director for that year. The County Clerk, Sheriff, and Surrogate constitutional officers are elected on a countywide basis.

Clifton is located within the 34th Legislative District of the State Legislature. The District is represented by one State Senator and two members in the General Assembly. State Senators are elected to four-year terms with the exception being the first term of a new decade, i.e., 2020, which is for two years. Assembly members are elected for two-year terms. All legislators elected in November take office on the second Tuesday in January the following year.

At the Federal level, Clifton is part of the 9th Congressional District and is represented by Bill Pascrell (D). The Senators representing Clifton and all of New Jersey are Cory Booker (D-Newark) and Bob Menendez (D-Paramus).

Why SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration to Support Clifton

Because there is annual flooding due to storms, Clifton residents understand when their homes are at risk due to time of year and plan appropriately. However, these same neighborhoods can also find themselves underwater due to failed dishwashers or a cracked pipe connection due to a minor leak and a sudden, overnight freeze.

Restoring area homes requires quick action from one of our Response Teams. SERVPRO specialists use an extensive inventory of equipment to remove water and carefully dry the affected property to return it to its original condition.

  • Pumps and extractors draw out water to preserve carpets and stop wood flooring from absorbing too much water to prevent warping, splitting, and other damage. 
  • Dehumidifiers draw out water already trapped in floors and walls. Slowly removing this moisture also reduces the risk of secondary damage. 

No matter if your Clifton water damage is from a rusted-out water heater or flooding from a hard storm, SERVPRO of Clifton should be the first choice when it comes to the restoration of your home. Call us today at (973) 928-3705 to schedule an inspection or bring in one of our Response Teams to begin work immediately. We are here for you.                                              

Upcoming Little Falls Town Council Meeting

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

Please go to the Little Falls Council meeting, SERVPRO can remediate the mold damage

December Municipal Issues in Little Falls

The Little Falls Township Council is holding its Monthly meeting on December 7th, 2020 at 7:00 pm. holds its Workshop Meetings at 7 PM on the second Monday of each month except as noted in the Township Calendar. All meetings are in the Municipal Building located at 225 Main Street unless otherwise noted on the Township Calendar webpage.

Monthly Reports and Ordinances

Included in the December Agenda are the following reports involving the noted city offices:

  • Civic Center Report for November 2020
  • Construction Report for November 2020
  • Municipal Clerk’s Dog/Cat License Report for November 2020
  • Police Department Report for November 2020
  • Recreation Center Report for November 2020

Please note if you wish to attend a Workshop Meeting, those are held on the second Monday of each month unless otherwise noted on the Township Calendar webpage. Cancellations of the Workshop or Council Meetings are noted only on the Township Calendar website.

Community support is only one reason why SERVPRO of Clifton is proud to serve the people of Little Falls. If you need mold remediation in your home, call us today at (973) 928-3705 to determine the required next steps.

Make a Profit from Potential Donations While Helping Clifton-Area Organizations

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is looking forward to the events at the flea markets in Clifton which will benefit nonprofit and local organizations!

Open-air flea markets are commonplace in Clifton and often provide some much-needed funding for local organizations and nonprofits.

Take your potential donations and turn them into some extra green in your pockets while also helping out organizations like the Clifton Recreation Department. November 14th, 2020 is your final chance to get in on the open-air flea market held on Main Ave for the year. Becoming a vendor is a fast way to turn some of your collectibles and keepsakes into some extra spending money right before the holidays.

A 50.00 vendor fee supplies you with a 20x20 space to set up your items with the convenience of parking your vehicle directly behind your stall for easy unloading and setup. Vendors must show up and set up their spaces beginning at 6:30 to open the market at 9.

Though the weather might be turning cold, do not wait for fire cleanup for puffback in your Clifton home. Soot can permanently damage potentially profitable wares for future events. Give our SERVPRO of Clifton team a call today at (973) 928-3705.

Call SERVPRO If Your Clifton Property Is Damaged By A Disaster

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

No matter what emergency you face, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Our Experts Are Here To Help After A Disaster In Clifton

While we have some of the most awe-inspiring recreational areas like the Garret Mountain Reservation, Clifton’s thousands of residents also have seen their fair share of disasters over the years. From fire and water losses to destructive storms and mold growth, we have trained technicians and licensed residential and commercial contractors capable of helping. With our fast response to these emergencies, we can get to work quickly on making losses, “Like it never even happened.”

Fire

Scoping out a fire loss incident involves more than just determining how damaged your Clifton property has become. For our SERVPRO team, this initial evaluation helps to determine the pre-existing conditions of your home, the expectations of the customer, and the necessary equipment and personnel to meet these goals. Also, this preliminary assessment helps our professionals to interact with your insurance adjuster to determine their expectations and needs for damage claim approval to get work started on your home as soon as possible.

Cleaning soot from your home can be one of the many ways that the environment can get made safer and present fewer health hazards to those exposed. Microscopic particles of soot can be a threatening presence to a respiratory system, not to mention the damage that it can do as a residue on many surfaces given its acidic nature. Our professionals have multiple strategies to clean up soot, including both soda blasting for surface cleaning and the use of air scrubbers and other filtration tools throughout your Clifton residence.

Deodorizing after a fire loss can also be a challenge for even our experienced restoration professionals. By utilizing advanced tools like thermal foggers or hydroxyl generators, we can neutralize harsh lingering smoke odors, even those trapped in structural elements and contents of your Clifton property. Removing odors is one of the final steps that our technicians take before we take the final walkthrough with our customers.

Water

Water losses can be more familiar to the city of Clifton than you might have thought. With more than 85,000 residents in the municipality alone, water losses continue to be one of the most common threats that these residences face. From burst pipes to leaking faucets, managing water emergencies can be the key to reducing the time and cost of restoration services. This management begins with a fast response at the first notification of a loss incident, and our SERVPRO team can rollout fast with pre-stocked water loss production vehicles and trucks.

Extracting water from materials is often more prevalent than surface water removal for your Clifton home, and this involves several advanced tools and technologies used by our professionals. With carpets being a magnet for absorbing pooling water, it is crucial to remove the majority of this trapped moisture to allow later drying techniques to be more productive. Weighted extraction tools, both ride-on and stationary, can press layers of carpeting and padding against the subflooring material and force moisture to the surface for collection.

Drying out damaged areas of your Clifton residence also involves a blend of advanced tools in our inventory, with air movers and dehumidifiers being at the heart of nearly every one of these tasks. In addition to the evaporation that air movers can allow, specialty tools can also help to manage trapped moisture in structural cavities and wood materials like plank flooring, including:

    •    Floor Mat Drying Systems
    •    Positive Pressure Systems
    •    Negative Pressure Systems

Storm

Severe weather threats like heavy snowfall or hurricane-strength torrential rains can be a destructive natural disaster for Clifton homes and businesses. Addressing structural concerns as well as the secondary effects like flooding does not have to fall to multiple contractors and restoration professionals, however. Our SERVPRO team has both reputable and knowledgeable water restoration and biohazard cleaning professionals to work alongside our in-house residential and commercial contractors.

Stopping flooding means slowing the penetration of water through structural breaches in your Clifton home. Our emergency response team can get to work on both tarping and board up services to prevent further damage to the structural elements and contents of your household. Other emergency services that we can offer during these disasters is content management, tree removal, and muck-out cleaning to remove flood debris on the floors of your residence.

Extraction and drying are vital elements of flood recovery for Clifton properties. Accomplishing either of these objectives involves the use of premier tools in our inventory, including powerful extractors and vacuums or high-velocity air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers. Remaining structural elements and contents can get cleaned and disinfected appropriately once drying has completed.

Mold

Higher humidity levels and unresolved water loss incidents can both be common contributing factors to mold threats in Clifton homes and businesses. When the organism can grow and spread for several days before discovery, it can be a challenging obstacle for even our experienced Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) to face. Remediating active colonization requires specific approaches tailored to the severity of the disaster, the area of the damage, and the materials affected.

Containment is often one of the priorities of our responding technicians, as colonies can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and there is a higher concentration of potentially hazardous mold spores. Containment is instrumental in preventing the continued spread of the organism and helps to more easily regulate environmental conditions to make them less favorable to mold growth. Physical barriers in a Clifton home can get constructed with wood and thick poly sheeting, while non-physical barrier equipment like negative air chambers reduces spores and VOCs by pulling compromised air through a HEPA filter.

With its proximity to the Hudson River and Upper Bay, Clifton and the rest of Passaic County remain at nearly constant risk of meeting the conditions necessary for mold growth when humidity hovers above sixty percent. Our SERVPRO team stays prepared for these threats with pre-stocked trailers and production vehicles that can roll out quickly after the first notice of loss.

No matter what emergency you face, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Give our SERVPRO of Clifton team a call today at (973) 928-3705.

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Clifton, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Clifton today at (973) 928-3705 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Why We Are The Best Choice In Clifton After A Water Damage Disaster

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

We use advanced technology to detect the moisture levels and ensure proper drying during the restoration process.

How SERVPRO Removes Water Damage from a Clifton Residence

Whether from a pipe leak behind a wall or an appliance failure that has saturated your floors, water damage causes millions in property damage and is the third-largest cause of home property loss. An estimated 14% of all water delivered to the average home is lost to leaks and plumbing malfunctions. Without fast action, this type of damage can go undetected for weeks, months, or even longer, creating even more problems for homeowners to tackle. 

If your Clifton home needs water damage mitigation, your local SERVPRO is ready to extract moisture, remove potential microbes, and restore your home to a preloss condition. Technicians receive extensive training in Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards and techniques to ensure that homeowners receive consistent, high-quality cleanup after a disaster occurs. The entire crew lives in Passaic County and works hard to stay in touch with the needs of the community.

SERVPRO's 24/7/365 Availability

When you choose SERVPRO for your cleanup needs, you get the services of an IICRC-certified team that is available on evenings, weekends, and holidays. Technicians know that disasters do not occur on a typical 9-to-5 schedule, so they are always prepared to respond to disasters of all sizes with cutting-edge technologies, tried-and-true cleaning techniques, and EPA-registered antimicrobials. 

Preserving Water-Damaged Hardwood Floors

Whether the source of the damage is a pipe or an appliance failure, many types of flooring do not hold up well to prolonged moisture exposure and may require replacement. If you have hardwood floors, however, restoration is often possible. 

Technicians work quickly to prevent warping, buckling, and cupping by reducing relative humidity to levels between 30% and 45%. The goal is to reduce the moisture content of the hardwood flooring to 16% to prevent the proliferation of microbes. For flooring with a finish that acts as a vapor barrier, the finish may require removal so that water extraction and drying can proceed. Polyethylene tents may be set up near the floor to improve the effectiveness of dehumidifiers during the drying process. 

SERVPRO of Clifton provides service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. You can call this team at (973) 928-3705 for thorough, emergency-response cleanup. 

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Let Our Crew Restore Your Water Damaged Clifton Home

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Give us a call at (973) 928-3705.

Porosity of Clifton Home Materials Affects Cleaning After Losses

Cleaning up after a water loss incident involves the use of powerful extractors, drying machines, and potent cleaning agents all working together to help your Clifton residence. Our technicians have extensive training from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in water restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) to ensure that they can make knowledgeable real-time decisions that improve the efficiency of recovering your property.

When combined with cutting-edge cleaning equipment, and a line of cleaning products to suit various PH levels, soils, and severity, water cleanup for Clifton homes should be easy for our skilled SERVPRO professionals. Variables exist, however, that can make cleaning and recovery of specific materials and structural elements challenging. Porosity and permeability can both play a substantial role in whether a material can be salvaged and how long that recovery might take.

The porosity of a material affected by a water loss incident can have a direct effect on how readily it can get dried and how effective surface cleaning efforts might be to remove staining or residues. Materials like carpets and upholstery can be among the first materials to absorb excessive amounts of migrating water during a loss incident but are also able to release this moisture as quickly. This composition makes cleaning practices like hot water extraction and steam cleaning effective with these specific materials.

Likewise, staining and residues that affect beyond the immediate surface level of hardwood floors, cabinets, or other furniture might prove more challenging for our SERVPRO professionals to affect with our potent cleaning products. In some situations, stripping and removing the finish from flooring or furniture might be the only way to remove the present residue. This process is only cost-effective for the customer with premium flooring materials like teak, oak, maple, and pine planks.

The porosity of a material can affect its ability to absorb water initially, which can be a benefit to drying efforts but can also hinder cleaning when water damaged form on less porous materials. Let our experienced SERVPRO of Clifton professionals help you through this process and make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (973) 928-3705.

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Why We Are The Best Choice For Clifton Fire Damage Restoration

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke or soot damage? Whatever the case might be we have the state of the art equipment and are ready 24/7 to assist you with your fire damage.

Why SERVPRO Delivers Successful Clifton Fire Damage Cleanup Results

Fire residue cleanup in Clifton works most efficiently when based on scientific principles and implemented by trained and well-equipped individuals. The soiling produced by a fire is unlike other household dirt. Heat, flames, and the production of various gasses and particulates affect the development and the consistency of the residues and the adhesion of the soot to various surfaces. The need to understand how all these elements work together is why we invest in world-class training for our technicians. 

Matching Methods and Products to Residues

Once a technician learns the basics of how fire damage affects your Clifton home, informed adaptations for your unique circumstances improve the outcomes even more. We support the efforts of our employees to become as precise as possible when pairing products and modifying the elements of cleaning as needed. Individualized care and treatment are why we start with the following basics of cleaning and work out from there:

Principles

  • Locate and identify smoke residues
  • Evaluate the surfaces affected
  • Capture and remove residues and discard properly

Elements

  • Agitation
  • Chemical action
  • Temperature
  • Time

Adaptations We Consider

When we inspect and assess your home after a fire damage loss, we continuously evaluate how to adjust the primary approach for the best cleaning results. Our preference is to restore, not to tear out and replace, why SERVPRO takes into consideration how much of a toll various cleaning methods take on certain surfaces. When we select among the products and tools at our disposal, we might modify:

Agitation and Dwell Time

We use gentler ways to move the surface or the cleaning solution to dislodge tightly adhered residues. Rather than a brush, we might swap out a feather duster. Soft cloths and more “elbow grease” is easier on a delicate surface than a rough-sided sponge or sandpaper. Delicate items can break apart with the use of ultrasonic waves or jets sprays, why SERVPRO technicians might increase dwell time by soaking the articles and use a spray bottle or soft paintbrush to remove embedded soils. 

Chemical Action

Before using water or oil-based cleaners on residues, we judge whether the surface or item is durable enough to handle the chemicals. Pretesting is a reliable way to determine how the material holds up, why SERVPRO technicians dab a small amount of the cleaner in an inconspicuous spot to evaluate the outcome.

Temperature and Dwell Time

The molecules in cleaning solutions move more quickly when we apply heat, why our carpet extractors and industrial washing machines use the hottest fluid possible to remove residues. Some materials warp or shrink under high heat, why SERVPRO employees research the material and spot test. If heat damages, we increase agitation or dwell time to achieve the desired results.

The experience and training of our technicians are why SERVPRO of Clifton can adapt cleaning procedures, leading to successful fire damage clean up. Call us round the clock at (973) 928-3705 to get one of our crews on their way to you.

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Mold Damage In Your Clifton Home

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

“Like it never even happened.”

Mold Damage in your Clifton Home Requires Extensive Mitigation

Basements are a common place to find mold damage. Because many homeowners do not inspect this area of the home regularly, it is not unusual for a small mold infestation to become a large one quickly.

Working on a partially finished basement in Clifton with mold damage, SERVPRO technicians found evidence of a large infestation. The presence of both wood support beams, sheetrock, and cardboard boxes all give the mold something to consume, which exacerbates the issue.

Why SERVPRO?
Mold remediation is a restoration service that the technicians have specialized training to handle. The techs take precautions to ensure mold spores do not spread during mitigation and additionally follow up with protective measures upon completion to ensure the mold does not return.

Containment and Drying
Mold cannot exist when air moisture content levels are below 50%, so the technicians set up containment around the work area and use their drying and dehumidification equipment to lower the humidity and effectively dry the colonies. Air scrubbers also run in tandem to capture airborne spores stirred up by the air movers.

Abatement Techniques
Once the colonies dry, the techs use hand tools to lift the mold from surfaces gently. In cases where the mold does not release quickly, or the scale of the infestation is large, the techs use methods such as soda blasting to remove any remaining visible colonies. After abatement, the surfaces get wiped down with professional-strength antifungal and antimicrobial cleaning agents.

Post Treatments
It is common for techs to apply antimicrobial sealant in areas where colonies previously established. This action is particularly useful in cases where an issue that requires repair is, in part, responsible for mold growth. Treatment ensures no return of the problem before the homeowner has the necessary repairs completed. Technicians also commonly inspect the ductwork to determine it needs cleaning to remove evidence of mold spores, so they don't spread to other areas of the residence.

When mold damage is an issue, contact SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705. The certified technicians can end the infestation and ensure it does not return “Like it never even happened.”

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We Are The Leader In Little Falls Water Damage Restoration

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Our technicians have the expertise and experience to utilize state of the art equipment properly in your home and prevent further damage.

Why Little Falls Residents should Understand Containment of Contamination during Water Cleanup

Water Cleanup Little Falls

Coming home to a water emergency is the last thing you need as a homeowner. Water damages can occur from faulty appliances, sump pumps, or problems with plumbing infrastructure. The length of time that water resides in an indoor environment can exacerbate the issue with deterioration from clean water to grey or black contamination levels occurring in as little as seventy hours. A trip away for the weekend can mean a benign water issue becomes a property emergency.

One of the primary concerns we have when performing water cleanup for Little Falls residents is cross-contamination. Cross-contamination can be hard to spot and even harder to stop. Wet contents can affect clean rooms in the house. Equally, wet footwear can spread greywater to other areas of the home, which presents a cross-contamination concern, especially in carpeted properties. Here at SERVPRO, we undergo extensive training on containment to ensure property damage does not spread around the home, causing more damage.

Preventing contamination depends on containment. Proper containment can quarantine the affected area, protect yourself and water damage restoration technicians in the property as well as manage airflow. Porous materials are often non-salvageable, in which case SERVPRO technicians can wrap materials in thick polyethylene or sealed plastics. This technique is known as source containment. This type of containment allows us to bring materials through unaffected areas of the property without risking cross contamination.

The other aspects of containment cover local containment and full-scale containment. Wrapping PVC pipes so that contaminants can be safely passed through uncontaminated rooms is essential to ensure proper disposal. In rare, ultra-severe cases, full-scale containment is necessary. Full-scale containment is a comprehensive process that requires the setting up of a work area, a decontamination area, an equipment room, and a cleanroom. Setting up full-scale containment may need an industrial hygienist on-site to direct SERVPRO technicians.

Inadequate containment can make a water emergency in one room a water emergency throughout the home. Contact SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705.

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SERVPRO Eliminates Flood Damage in Little Falls Homes

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

We can’t stress the importance of water damage clean up in your Little Falls home.

Let SERVPRO eliminate your Little Falls flood damage.

Flash flooding can be disastrous for any community to endure. By 2016, all 50 states had experienced flooding or flash flooding in the five years prior. The cost of repairs, without proper mitigation, can be quite high and extremely stressful for homeowners. However, there is a team that can help you breathe a sigh of relief after a disaster.

If your Little Falls home needs flood damage cleanup fast, SERVPRO professionals can be at your home within hours of your call to mitigate damage. SERVPRO emphasizes the importance of preserving structures and possessions when it is safe to do so. These measures save homeowners on costs while ensuring that their property becomes a safe and comfortable place to live once more.

Always Able to Lend a Hand

SERVPRO is available at any time of the day or night to take your call. This firm can have a team at your home within 24-hours, coordinating with property owners and insurance adjusters to clean and restore your home. If your residence needs repairs after a flood-related disaster, technicians can also help owners secure reliable contracting services that are dedicated to cleaning up and restoring your living space. The entire crew is local to Passaic County, so they are familiar with the needs of residents. 

SERVPRO Can Save Your Furnishings

SERVPRO technicians prioritize cost-saving measures for homeowners to restore their property and can offer advice on whether restoration or replacement is ideal for furniture items after a flood. Your items can be moved off-site in a pack out if needed. This way, technicians can focus on ensuring that your structure is thoroughly cleaned, dried, and deodorized, maximizing safety for residents. 

There are several things that technicians can do to preserve certain parts of water-affected furnishings when it is safe to restore them, including:

  • Drying buttons, zippers, and other non-fabric components to prevent damage and rust
  • Reducing rust transfer with furniture pads around affected fixtures
  • Using a portable extractor in tandem with upholstery tools to remove water
  • Treating furniture stains with commercial-grade, EPA-registered cleaners

SERVPRO of Clifton is a team you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (973) 928-3705 today for an emergency response to flooding in your home.

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Spring Home and Safety Checklist

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

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SPRING AHEAD WITH THESE HOME SAFETY & MAINTENANCE TIPS

The cold winter months are finally behind us and we are ready for the warmer Spring days, but is your home prepared? Following a home maintenance plan can help prevent potential problems before they occur.

INSIDE

  • Check your electrical outlets for potential fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs.  Make sure outlets, fuse boxes and extension cords are not overloaded.
  • Move your multi-purpose fire extinguisher to an accessible place, and make sure it is filled and ready for operation.  Have your air-conditioning system inspected by a professional as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Check your water heater for leaks and corrosion
  • Clean or replace your furnace filter
  • Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer.  Remove all lint, dust, and pieces of material.
  • Inspect your smoke detectors.  Make sure there is one on each floor of your home.  Test them monthly, and change the batteries annually or as needed.
  • Check the light bulbs in all your fixtures.  Be sure they are the correct wattage as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Replace all high-intensity bulbs with fluorescent bulbs.  Other types of bulbs, like incandescent, produce more heat than fluorescent bulbs.
  • Deep-Clean carpets, vacuum thoroughly and have them professionally steam cleaned and deodorized.

OUTSIDE

  • Check for damage to your roof.
  • Remove dead trees in your yard
  • Keep healthy trees and bushes trimmed and away from utility wires.
  • Safely store oil and gas for lawn equipment and tools in a vented, locked area.
  • Repair cracked, broken or uneven driveways and walkways to provide a level walking surface.
  • Have your sprinkler system serviced
  • Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage.  Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.
  • Check for loose or leaky gutters and clean out winter debris.  Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawlspace.

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We are an ICRC Certified Firm

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Clifton is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

    • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
    • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
    • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
    • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
    • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops the Standards for The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Clifton

SERVPRO of Clifton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

What is an Air Scrubber and Why Do We Use Them?

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Let the Professionals at SERVPRO of Clifton remediate your Mold. 973-928-3705

What is an Air Scrubber?

In simplest terms Air scrubbers, or negative air machine, is a portable air filtration machine.  It draws air from the surrounding environment and passes through a series of filters.  These filters efficiently remove particles from the air to help improve indoor air quality.

Why do we use Air Scrubbers?

The goal of every restoration job is to safely and efficiently return the indoor environment to preloss condition for the customer. 

Any job that involves cleanup of sewage, mold and or fire damage will generate significant amounts of particulates and odiferous (smelly) gases.  These contaminants are a direct result of the damage itself, as well as the necessary process of treating and cleaning damaged materials.  An air scrubber helps prevent these undesirable and potentially harmful particles and gases from remaining in the indoor environment.

Mold Remediation 

Mold remediation projects can release large quantities of mold and fungal spores into the air.  These indoor air pollutants can affect the health and comfort of occupants.  Air scrubbers are equipped with multiple pre-filters for removal of visible airborne particles.  The final stage filter, HEPA, captures microscopic particles and microbes such as fungal spores.  HEPA filters can capture particles as small as 0.3 micros.

Think you have a mold situation?  Let our highly trained staff remove and remediate safely and efficiently

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Is Your Business Ready For "Whatever Happens?"

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

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The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
     
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
     
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
     
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
     
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
     
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

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Stay Safe Before, During and After a Flood

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Prevent further damage after a flood SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

Take steps to protect yourself, your family and your home from flooding.

Before a Flood:

  • Purchase flood insurance - flooding can cause significant damage to homes and businesses.  Flood insurance will protect you from the financial burden.
  • Protect your possessions - Create a file containing a list of al your possessions and important documents.  Store them in a waterproof container.
  • Prepare your house - place the furnace, water heater, washer, dryer and any other electrical components on cement blocks. (at least 12 inches above flood elevation).  Make sure the sump pump is working and also has a battery backup in case of power outages.

During a Flood:

  • Go to higher ground and avoid areas subject to flooding
  • Do not attempt to walk or drive through flowing streams or flooded roadways
  • Listen to the direction of local officials and stay updated by following local news reports
  • If you come in contact with floodwaters, wash your hands with soap and disinfected water.

After a Flood:

  • If your home has suffered damage, call your insurance agent to file a claim. 
  • Check for structural damage before re-entering your home to avoid being trapped in a building collapse. 
  • Take photos of any floodwater in your home and save any damaged personal property. 
  • Make a list of damaged or lost items and include their purchase date and value with receipts, and place with the inventory you took prior to the flood. Some damaged items may require disposal, so keep photographs of these items. 
  • Keep power off until an electrician has inspected your system for safety. 
  • Boil water for drinking and food preparation until authorities tell you that your water supply is safe.
  • Prevent further damage by calling the professionals at SERVPRO of Clifton to remediate and restore your home

SERVPRO of Clifton ~ 973-928-3705

Is Your Vehicle Winter Ready?

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Vehicle safety is important during winter weather conditions, especially if you have to drive on icy or snowy road. 

  • Practice your winter driving skills
  • Change your wiper blades
  • Fill wiper fluid
  • Check tire pressure
  • Track your tire tread
  • If necessary, change to winter tires
  • Check battery and change oil
  • Keep coolant fresh
  • Check you brakes
  • Pack and emergency kit (see suggested items below)

Be Prepared this winter by stocking your vehicle with life saving items in case of emergency.

Winter Emergency Preparedness Kit

  1. Blankets
  2. Tire Chains
  3. First Aid Kit
  4. Battery Powered Radio
  5. Maps
  6. Flashlight (With extra batteries)
  7. Jumper cables
  8. Sand or kitty litter